Best 100 Free Fonts 2014

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I have always been a fan of beautiful fonts. Over the time that I have been writing here at 1stwebdesigner, I have discussed a lot about fonts: the types & kinds, how to sell them and which fonts are hideous and so cliché that you shouldn’t use them.

But for today, let’s take a break from criticizing fonts or learning about how they are made. Today, we will appreciate the best 100 free fonts 2014! Let’s take a look!

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30 Inspiringly Beautiful Web Designs

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It’s inspiration time! I know how you all want to see amazing showcases of beautiful web designs so, I have collected another batch of inspiring and beautiful web designs for you,  guys. These websites have made my eye pop for a while. Looking at them really inspire me because they embody the latest design trends while mixing with traditional design norms.

I hope that through these great examples, you will get some ideas on how to design your website. I personally handpicked these because I believe that they are trendy and that means they are what your clients are looking for! So, sit back and scroll down for this is going to be awesome!

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Officiating an Office: Tweaking Your Workplace Productivity

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                Workplace \work●place\ noun : a place where work is done.

The Merriam Webster definition says it all: A workplace is basically the spot where you do your ‘thing’. This only means that a workplace is the magical place where you do your stuff. In this area, you enter into the zone, be productive, creative, technical and well, uh… a little less distracted. Of course, a workplace won’t be a workplace if you will play around and be lazy (might as well call it laze-place). How can you improve workplace productivity?

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50 Beautiful Web Typography Examples

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We all love beautiful web typography because it can convey the message we want in a very artistic manner. As the world of web design evolves, the use of letters and words to send a message has become more efficient and more beautiful. Many websites usually pair big and bold colors or photographs with the beautiful use of letters.

We looked for some websites where you can get some great inspiration for your designs. These are examples that tell you that letters are never boring; it could even make the design beautiful. So, here they are!

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11 Minimalist Office Setups

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Less is more

This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in.

For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its advantages:

  • It makes us focus more on ‘work’ than goofing around
  • It lessens the distraction and makes you think that you have fewer tasks to accomplish
  • It is beautiful to the eyes
  • You can actually make a small room bigger
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30 Stunning WebGL Examples and Demos in Action

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WebGL(Web Graphics Library) was released  on the Web early last year. Its ability to use HTML5 Canvas elements to generate graphics dynamically made it easy for web designers and developers to create smooth 2D and 3D effects. Here are some WebGL examples and demos you should look at.

WebGL is a branch of OpenGL based on OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES). It is a JavaScript API for drawing 2D and 3D graphics in a compatible web browser of an HTML5 canvas without the use of plugins.

This Javascript API is managed by the consortium of non-profit technology Khronos Group and work together with Mozilla Foundation. Since early 2009 they develop prototypes and deploy such technology.

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Be Inspired with These Bold Colored Websites

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Big and Bold – one of the growing means nowadays to catch the viewers’ attention. Bold colored websites are fast becoming a trend because of its ability to catch the attention of the readers due to their size and boldness. That is why websites that adapt bold texts using catchy taglines have become more and more prevalent. 

How do designers achieve this? In the present trends, if you want to make a blindingly unforgettable statement, you need a few things:

  • A saturated color scheme which is bright enough to catch one’s interest without blinding him or her
  • An awesome and probably mind-blowing image (a photograph or a graphic illustration)
  • A uniquely remarkable tagline.
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5 Business Card Bonanza for Website Builders

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One of the must-haves of a web designer (and even graphic designers and bloggers) is a business card. Call it a little bit old fashioned but business cards are still very useful. They contain the most available point of contact for the possible employee. It makes your clients realize that you are a legit artist and very good one at that.

This calls for a very good and catchy business card. In order to attract clients, you have to be clever in designing your cards. They should also reflect the trade you do and details on how to contact you.

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Why Web Developers Should Learn Web Design

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As a web developer, you are in charge of making the website do things. You are responsible for creating interactivity on the site, which may may include jQuery and Ajax validation forms, submitting forms to database, rollovers, sliding menus or many other aspects of the site that needs programming. But how about the website’s design?

In my previous article Why Being a Web Designer Who Codes Is Way Cooler, I talked about why web designers should learn how to code and its benefits.

For this article, I encourage developers to learn proper web design process and how this will benefit them.

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